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CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill
NPR (06/27) - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in on the Senate health care bill on Monday, saying that 22 million people would lose health coverage in the next 10 years under the Senate's plan. Of those, 15 million would lose Medicaid coverage. It's projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Read more
Researchers Say U.S. Policies on Drugs and Addiction Could Use a Dose of Neuroscience
MEDICAL XPRESS (06/23) - Tens of thousands of Americans die from drug overdoses every year – around 50,000 in 2015 – and the number has been steadily climbing for at least the last decade and a half, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Yet a team of Stanford neuroscientists and legal scholars argues that the nation's drug policies are at times exactly the opposite from what science-based policies would look like. Read more
Greater Opioid Use and Mental Health Disorders are Linked in a New Study
THE WASHINGTON POST (06/26) - A new study suggests that people with anxiety and depression are consuming a disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, a finding that could add a new wrinkle to the epidemic of opioid use in the United States. Read more
How the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Could Affect the Midterms and Beyond
NPR (06/30) - One provision of the Senate's health care bill stands to be quite popular: the Better Care Reconciliation Act would eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. That would be repealed immediately. Another would likely please the Republican base: defunding Planned Parenthood for a year. Those funds would disappear right away, too. Read more
When Is an Opioid Safe to Take?
MEDICAL XPRESS (06/26) - Many people in pain are apprehensive about taking an opioid painkiller to ease their suffering, and rightfully so. Widespread use of opioids for pain has led to an epidemic of addiction in the United States. Forty lives are lost to prescription drug overdose every day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more
Mental Health and Sexual Orientation Among People With Gambling Disorder
CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE (06/21) - Although people who identify as LGBTQ+ have higher rates of mental health and substance use problems, which are risk factors for Gambling Disorder, few studies have examined how mental health, gambling, and sexual/gender identity intersect. Read more
New Adult SASSI-4: Exciting Features
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Study Shows Childhood Psychiatric Disorders Increase Risk for Later Adult Addiction
EUREKALERT! – (06/03) - Children's health and well-being while growing up can be indicators of the potential health issues they may encounter years later. A study published in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) suggests that a childhood psychiatric disorder increases the risk of developing addiction later in life. Read more
In World First, MDMA Will Be Used To Treat Alcohol Addiction in Clinical Trial
HUFFINGTON POST (07/03) - Scientists in the United Kingdom are preparing to conduct the world’s first clinical trial looking into the potential therapeutic effects that MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, could have on people grappling with alcohol addiction. Read more
As Opioid Addiction Skyrockets, Treatment for Addicts Lags Far Behind, Insurance Data Show
LOS ANGELES TIMES (06/30) – A new report on opioid use among privately insured Americans has found that diagnoses of opioid addiction increased almost fivefold between 2010 and 2015, ticking up dramatically in 2014. Read more
JUST RELEASED! Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference - Module II: Addiction Counseling Theories, Practices and Skills
Newly updated in 2017, NAADAC's Module II: Addiction Counseling Theories, Practices and Skills includes updated DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, the newest ASAM criteria, the 2016 NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics, the newest terminology, and evidence-based practice and theory from research published since last edition.
SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Substance Use Disorders Among Adults Aged 18 or Older
SAMHSA (06/29) – Substance use disorders (SUDs), which include substance dependence or abuse, have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and communities. SUDs occur when recurrent alcohol or illicit drug use causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Read more
Inside the Drug Rehab ‘Giving Children Back Their Mothers’
COMMUNITY CARE (06/22) – An inside look at Trevi House, one of few rehabilitation unit that house women and their children to try and keep them together. Read more
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Lag in Emotional Understanding
MEDICAL XPRESS (06/30) -A new study reveals that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) show a striking developmental delay in their understanding of emotions. Even in those children with an average IQ, researchers found that their emotional understanding was lagging by two to five years behind their typically developing peers. Read more
Medicaid’s Role in Financing Behavioral Health Services for Low-Income Individuals
KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION (06/29) - Behavioral health conditions affect a substantial number of people in the U.S. and are especially common among people with low incomes. Behavioral health conditions include mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as substance use disorders (SUD), such as opioid addiction. Read more
Law Gives Grandparents Custody Preference in Substance Abuse Cases
NECN (06/28) - New Hampshire has become the first state in the country to give preference to grandparents in custody cases involving substance abuse. Read more
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